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Published Monday Jun 17, 2019 by Neha Rao

How I Stick to My Fitness + Wellness Routine

Cardio
Fitness
Recovery
Beauty
Salon
Dance

One of my resolutions for 2019 was to focus on being healthy and taking care of myself. For me, that meant drinking lots of water, getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep every day, making healthy choices, and having a regular workout routine. If you're like me, you may find that sticking to one kind of fitness routine can get boring and repetitive, which can lead to taking long breaks or worse abandoning it altogether.

Since I love trying new and different ways to workout, the MINDBODY app came to my rescue! With so many fitness studios around me to discover, it’s also a huge plus that I can keep up with my routine even when traveling by booking classes wherever I go! 

The app takes away the hassle of figuring out schedules, pricing, and the process of booking classes at individual studios. And it's not just fitness – you can also explore hundreds of beauty, spa, and wellness centers in your area.

From a cardio dance class to cryotherapy, let me take you through a few experiences I’ve discovered through the MINDBODY app

BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Skills - Joint Effort 

Offering workout routines that are adventurous and fun, I decided to try out BKBX – a one-of-a-kind adventurous sports training studio. I attended the skills-based training class and loved that they turn exercise into a game, making it so much more exciting and effective.

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BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Skills - Joint Effort 

Offering workout routines that are adventurous and fun, I decided to try out BKBX – a one-of-a-kind adventurous sports training studio. I attended the skills-based training class and loved that they turn exercise into a game, making it so much more exciting and effective.

305 FITNESS

What I Booked: CARDIO

Nothing motivates me more than dancing. So, I was really looking forward to trying out the 305 Fitness cardio dance class and boy did I have fun. One hour of high-intensity dance moves that were easy to follow while a live DJ blasted some sick beats made this my favorite workout!

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305 FITNESS

What I Booked: CARDIO

Nothing motivates me more than dancing. So, I was really looking forward to trying out the 305 Fitness cardio dance class and boy did I have fun. One hour of high-intensity dance moves that were easy to follow while a live DJ blasted some sick beats made this my favorite workout!

BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Cryotherapy 

When I found out that the BKBX recovery room offers cryotherapy, I knew I had to come back and give it a try. It was a chilling experience, to say the least! Don’t know what cryotherapy is? To give you an idea, it means standing naked in a chamber where the temperature drops to -240 degree Fahrenheit for three minutes. You might be asking, why would I do that to myself? It felt great after a challenging workout, although my body was numb for a few minutes.

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BKBX BOSTON

What I Booked: Cryotherapy 

When I found out that the BKBX recovery room offers cryotherapy, I knew I had to come back and give it a try. It was a chilling experience, to say the least! Don’t know what cryotherapy is? To give you an idea, it means standing naked in a chamber where the temperature drops to -240 degree Fahrenheit for three minutes. You might be asking, why would I do that to myself? It felt great after a challenging workout, although my body was numb for a few minutes.

EXHALE BOSTON

What I Booked: Exhale HIIT 

This non-stop 30-minute high-intensity training class was the perfect way to tone and strengthen my body. It was an exhilarating workout, and I came out stronger from it. I’m even thinking of going back to take the famous Exhale Barre class – my body is ready for it. 

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EXHALE BOSTON

What I Booked: Exhale HIIT 

This non-stop 30-minute high-intensity training class was the perfect way to tone and strengthen my body. It was an exhilarating workout, and I came out stronger from it. I’m even thinking of going back to take the famous Exhale Barre class – my body is ready for it. 

EXHALE SPA 

What I Booked: Sports Pedicure 

It’s not all about fitness and training – taking care of your body is also part of a healthy lifestyle. So, after a grueling class, I treated myself to a Sports Pedicure at Exhale Spa. It was therapeutic and left me with two happy feet!

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EXHALE SPA 

What I Booked: Sports Pedicure 

It’s not all about fitness and training – taking care of your body is also part of a healthy lifestyle. So, after a grueling class, I treated myself to a Sports Pedicure at Exhale Spa. It was therapeutic and left me with two happy feet!

DEIFY LASER & BEAUTY LOUNGE

What I Booked: Bombshell Blowout 

On a surprise pre-birthday trip to New York City, I found myself in need for some TLC, and the MINDBODY app delivered. I browsed through several hair salons in the area and quickly booked my appointment to be ready for a night out with my squad!

 

On the hunt for new, exciting ways to stay fit? The MINDBODY app lets you explore everything from new HIIT workouts to the best salons for a blowout. Download the MINDBODY app now or search on MINDBODY.io to book something new today! 

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DEIFY LASER & BEAUTY LOUNGE

What I Booked: Bombshell Blowout 

On a surprise pre-birthday trip to New York City, I found myself in need for some TLC, and the MINDBODY app delivered. I browsed through several hair salons in the area and quickly booked my appointment to be ready for a night out with my squad!

 

On the hunt for new, exciting ways to stay fit? The MINDBODY app lets you explore everything from new HIIT workouts to the best salons for a blowout. Download the MINDBODY app now or search on MINDBODY.io to book something new today! 

Neha Rao
Written by
Neha Rao
Lifestyle Blogger
About the author
A dreamer consumed by wanderlust, Reha shines a spotlight on her adventures and fashionable moments. Her favorite things are dancing, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family and friends. An IT professional in her previous life, she is now pursuing her dreams and hoping to inspire others along the way.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.